Steve Cutts – one of my favorite artists. There’s plenty more of his fantastic artwork on his website: stevecutts.wordpress.com
Jeez, watched episode 10/7 ‘New Best Friends’
Carol really, really needs to snap out of it and Daryl needs a shower. Still, it will happen now that they found each other again.
I don’t know what to say about those Scavengers?
I am stuck! Don’t have Sky and that streaming service which is either legal or illegal (who really knows?) has become unusable. Klicking off tons of porn, while wondering which virus you catch before you could watch an episode of WD has never been much fun, but at least one got there after a while. No more, I’m afraid I haven’t got the patience for ‘Error loading media’ and what have you anymore. Hhmmpfff
Cold Earth by Sarah Moss
Sarah Moss is one of my favourite authors and her début novel Cold Earth is right down my apocalyptic alleyway. It is tense, ice-cold, and like everything else by Sarah Moss, a real pleasure to read!
Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
For some, The Reapers Are The Angels is the best zombie novel ever written, and I wholeheartedly agree. Not only is it the best zombie book, but one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve ever read, full stop. The story follows Temple, a sixteen-year-old girl who has never known a world without zombies, or meatskins as she calls them. But do not worry – this is not young adult or a coming of age book (not that there is anything wrong with YA) – this is dystopia in its full gory!
Thankfully without gratuitous violence, rape and questionable politics of which I have found more than enough in some other zombie reads. Temple having survived on her own by mainly seeking solitude and keeping on the move when necessary, saves the life of a simple man who becomes her charge. In an effort to find a safe place for her helpless companion we meet a host of characters – some good, some bad, most already dead… I don’t want to give away too much, so best just read it yourself. It is fantastically well written, nicely paced and will blow you away…
Outpost by Adam Baker
I especially liked the setting. The end of the world happens while folks are stuck on an arctic outpost – at the end of the world.
This had everything you want in an apocalyptic read… …nothing more, nothing less.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
I loved this book. It is zombie-like dystopian- the struggle for survival, fighting over scarce resources and the thread of mindless violence.
There’s also a dog (good!) and a Cessna – what is it with Cessnas and apocalyptic fiction? They’ve been featuring in at least 4 books I’ve read so far – maybe I should get one? Never mind, it is an outstanding good read! It had me in tears…
Bleeding Kansas The SAGA of the DEAD SILENCER by L Roy Aiken
This one is utterly bleak. The humour so dark you need a torch to find the funny bits. OK, a decent zombie novel is by its very nature not exactly fluffy lighthearted fun, but I don’t remember having ever read anything this cynical. Different, shocking and I think I like it..!? If you despair of humankind, Bleeding Kansas won’t change your mind. And I’ve never been and I never will go to Kansas.
By the way, I still have the original cover 🙂 I am glad the author put his hands in his pockets and invested in a professionally designed cover, or honed up on his skills.
ps I read this some time ago before book 2 and 3 came along. Let’s see what happen next in book 2…
The Remaining by D. J. Molles.
The Remaining is the first book in the bestselling series and it is not bad at all! It helps if you are interested in weapons though. Guns are described with so much obsessive detail, one starts to wonder a little… Nevertheless, the loneliness of the main man Lee, a soldier under orders to wait underground in a bunker, is truly palpable and adds to the excitement before mayhem starts. And he has a dog – for me always a plus in any book!
It has 131 (and rising) 5-star reviews on Amazon – nobody has that many friends who fake reviews (recently I started to wonder about that last statement…?). So a popular book with an interesting beginning.
The Undead. The First Seven Days by R R Haywood
Two unlikely heroes: Howie, your hapless but likable Tesco Manager and his underling-become-sidekick Dave, who has some kind of non-descript neurological disorder, hack their way through this very readable zombie-slash fest. Thankfully, what Dave lacks in social skills is made up by being a well trained special forces soldier. With Dave’s help Howie managed to rise above himself, and together they fight the forever increasing hordes of zombies shambling in their way from the South, to find Howie’s sister in London. It is good fun, perhaps a tad cartoonish – Howie’s weapon of choice is an axe against trillions of zombies…
Having said all that I had to check out at around book 5 – it just got too silly for me. Once zombies start being anything else but brain-dead, flesh-eating anti-humans and develop thought, it is all over for me! Intelligent zombies – don’t be daft. And I am sure the zombie hordes increased to levels that make Bangladesh look sparsely populated. I simply couldn’t face it anymore…
By the way, this used to be cheap as chips but has gone up a couple of pounds since I’ve read it. Still, at under 6 pounds for almost 900 pages of mayhem, it ain’t dear.
Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo – Books 1 to 10
I’ve read the first couple of books of this series – until the zombies became too clever for my liking. Mike, a family man, and survivalist who has been eagerly awaiting the undead (no shortage of guns at the outbreak) takes them on with plenty of humour and strong language. The spelling and grammar police were up in arms over this one. The would nail me to the cross as well, so I cannot comment. Meanwhile, America’s gun lobby would probably award Mark Tufo the Nobel prize for literature.
Anyhow, for me the trouble started when the author must have thought zombies are just too boring, let’s make them a bit more interesting by making them smarter. No, no, no you don’t! Develop the living and let the zombies be zombies. Here we have a zombie lady who develops some kind of mind relationship with Mike. Sorry, don’t know what happened after book 2 – I got out of there…